U.S. Army Corp of Engineers http://wkms.org en Politicians and Anglers Voice Concerns Over Dam Barriers http://wkms.org/post/politicians-and-anglers-voice-concerns-over-dam-barriers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Politicians and Anglers are teaming up to stop the U-S Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers next to its dams on the Cumberland River which will keep boats from accessing the dam’s tail waters. Senators Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander and Rand Paul, and Congressman Ed Whitfield took part in a “Freedom to Fish Rally” this weekend at Barkley Dam to protest to Corps’ plan. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:44:42 +0000 John Walker 30599 at http://wkms.org Politicians and Anglers Voice Concerns Over Dam Barriers Federal Lawmakers Will Host "Freedom To Fish Rally" Saturday at Barkley Dam http://wkms.org/post/federal-lawmakers-will-host-freedom-fish-rally-saturday-barkley-dam <p>U.S. Senators from Kentucky and Tennessee along with Congressman Ed Whitfield are holding a “Freedom To Fish” rally this weekend to gain support for a bill that prevents the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from imposing restriction on fishing near Corp dams on the Cumberland River.</p><p>Saturday’s rally, which includes Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, is at Barkley Dam. &nbsp; Whitfield’s “Freedom to Fish Act” promises to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking any action to restrict public access to waters downstream of a dam.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:06:04 +0000 Chad Lampe 30351 at http://wkms.org Federal Lawmakers Will Host "Freedom To Fish Rally" Saturday at Barkley Dam Congressman Whitfield's Full Interview Includes: Dispute with Corp, Gun Laws, Debt Ceiling http://wkms.org/post/congressman-whitfields-full-interview-includes-dispute-corp-gun-laws-debt-ceiling <p></p><p></p><p>Kentucky First District Congressman Ed Whitfield (R) says he’s against closing off waters close to Cumberland River dams to boaters and fisherman. Army Corp of Engineers officials say the restrictions would include closing off 400 feet of water upstream and 700 downstream from Barkley Dam.</p><p>Congressman Whitfield says the enforcement changes are unnecessary. He says,</p><p><em>“There have been like three deaths since ’96 and there’s been one death at Barkley. The goal is no deaths. But there has not been any number of deaths or increase in dangerous activity or deaths to justify changing this management plan.”</em></p><p>The Corps of Engineers says the access restrictions are already part of their river management plan, but have not been enforced. Whitfield says he plans to meet with the head of the Corps early next month to request that they don't change the management plan and allow boaters to fish near the dams.</p><p><strong>Gun Control</strong> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:20:28 +0000 Chad Lampe 26943 at http://wkms.org Congressman Whitfield's Full Interview Includes: Dispute with Corp, Gun Laws, Debt Ceiling